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ABI Research: Intellectual Property Concerns Slowing RFID Adoption
ABI Research of Oyster Bay, New York, lists RFID enabled supply chains in its recently published list of "What Isn't Going to Happen in 2005."
Dec 06, 2004—This article was originally published by RFID Update.
December 6, 2004—ABI Research of Oyster Bay, New York, lists RFID enabled supply chains in its recently published list of "What Isn't Going to Happen in 2005." Whereas 2004 saw RFID industry education, discussion, and frustration, 2005 will be defined by far more on-the-ground progress, and companies will start to think about how to adapt their business processes to take advantage of the new RFID deployments. 2005 will not, however, be the year that RFID illuminates the supply chain. There will be more teething as RFID initiatives are both won and lost throughout the year, as in 2004. Ultimately, "full scale RFID enterprise integration efforts will remain on the 'work in process' list and not the 'finished goods' list."
The analysis pointedly refers to concerns over intellectual property raised when Intermec announced earlier this year its intention to charge royalties for ubiquitous RFID technology included in the EPCglobal Generation 2 standard specification. According to the report, already hesitant adopters of RFID are further discouraged by what they predict will be an increase in hardware prices, and their planning efforts are suffering as a result.
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